Wow, there have been some smart dressage tests this morning on the second day of Dressage at Badminton Horse Trials, starting with James Robinson and Comanche, who were first into the arena. James is no stranger to Badminton – this will be his eighth visit – and he has started this year on a great note, with an accurate test to slot into second on 43.5.
Then, several horses later, Germany’s Andreas Dibowski and Euroridings Butts Leon performed a smooth, calm test to score 43.7 and take third.
Standing in the collecting ring, it has been interesting watching the horses working this morning. Tina Cook has been schooling Miners Frolic around the warm-up area. Even though he looks ready to run for his life tomorrow he was being very calm and collected. Tina will be in the arena straight after lunch today at 2pm.
Matthew Wright’s Well Spotted was also working well. Matthew’s not had the best of luck at Badminton in the last few years – he was eliminated here last time on If You Want II – so he will be hoping for a good run tomorrow.
Zara Phillips had her hands full with an exuberant Glenbuck, who didn’t give her an easy ride. They scored 59.3.
She said: “The longer he works before his test the more uptight he gets. The movements still happen, but his brain goes a bit.”
We’re off out now to watch Piggy French and Some Day Soon – let’s keep fingers crossed she can coax as good a test out of him as she did in Fontainebleau last year.
Kai Ruder now in the lead on 33.8